This article was originally published by The Spaces
, a digital publication exploring new ways to live and work.
Clean lines of buildings across the globe have been papped for a photography competition celebrating minimalist architecture.
The Minimalist Architecture Mission
, organized by blog We And The Color
and photography resource EyeEm
, received 45,000 submissions from photographers around the world.
Images range from architectural celebs, such as Zaha Hadid's MAXXI in Rome, to details of more anonymous buildings, often featuring sharp angles, and contrasting patterns and colors.
1/20 – Finsbury Park Reservoir London, England, by East London Water Works Company. Photograph by Matt Emmett
Winner of the 2016 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography award, this picture of an old reservoir in Finsbury Park, London -- called 'Underground Reservoir' -- was taken by British photographer and urban explorer Matt Emmett. The East London Water Works Company built the reservoir in 1868 and it is the first time a photograph of an historic site has won the photography competition. Credit:
Photographer Matt Emmett/Architect East London Water Works Company
We And The Color selected a shortlist of 20 winners, with German photographer Matthias Heiderich -- who's no stranger to snapping buildings himself
-- picking the top three.
Georgij Dorofeev's snap of a grid-patterned façade, set against a bright blue sky, scooped first place.
Trynidada's photograph of the MAXXI, reflecting its neighboring buildings, came second.
Meanwhile Urban Poetry's image of a sinuous steel bridge under a single puff of cloud, took third.
"What I love about this kind of photography is that sometimes it's hard to tell whether I'm looking at a photograph or a computer-generated image," says Heiderich
. "But the subtleties make the difference."